(Closed) Honeymoon in Washington DC!

posted 7 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

We went to DC last July and had so much fun. Have breakfast at Founding Farmers in DC, so delicious. The National Archives were interesting too.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yay! We’re so glad to have you! I’m sure you have the drives timed from here, but I-95 (DC-Philly-NYC) can get pretty trafficky so allow some extra for those just in case.

Your museum choices all sound great–for tours, Tourmobile’s the big one, but there are a lot of other great tours too. I haven’t tried it, but there’s a hop-on-hop-off bus service that stops near my work. You can’t miss it, the buses are double-decker and red. Also, they have those Segway tours if you feel like toodling around on Segways, LOL.

The monuments, Smithsonian, Archives, and VVM are all within walking/bus hopping distance of each other. Arlington Cemetery is a little farther away, over the river in Virginia; Metro goes there though. If your hotel is near the White House, you’ll have to Metro/cab/car to the Zoo as well. But it’s a great Zoo!!

The Police Memorial is right next to my office, I eat lunch there sometimes 🙂 It’s beautiful. The National Portrait Gallery is within walking distance from the memorial and is a great museum. Also near there is the Museum of Crime & Punishment and the Spy Museum, but both have fees to get in. This is also the area for some wonderful restaurants too.

When you say Caverns do you mean Luray Caverns? They’re about 2 h away by car. If you go, take Skyline Drive there–it’s a national Park and a couple bucks to enter the road, but amazing views.

I think with a couple days here you will certainly have enough time to see everything 🙂 I second the Founding Farmers suggestion–SO GOOD–we’re having our Rehearsal Dinner at their sister restaurant in Georgetown, yay!

Sorry this is so long! DC is great 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I love DC – I think you guys are going to have an amazing time! Darling Husband and I went for Spring Break once, and we spent 5 full days there, which, I have to say, wasn’t enough for us. We definitely didn’t get to see everything or even close to it! I think Philadelphia is close enough to take a short trip there, but I think NYC might be spreading yourself too thin – there’s no way you can see all the big stuff in a day! If it was me, I’d spend the extra time in DC to make sure I saw everything I wanted to and return to NYC for a longer trip. 

For DC, I don’t think you need a guided tour – it’s a very accessible city and easy to navigate. Just bring a good guidebook!

Here are links to some of my favorite DC places, btw:

http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/

http://www.spymuseum.org/

http://www.newseum.org/

http://www.fordstheatre.org/

http://www.jaleo.com/

http://www.oyamel.com/

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

Plus, there are free (they work off tips) tours for the monuments that you could go on (check out yelp for reviews). My SIL is in town and we’re planning on one this weekend, We are also taking a tour of the capitol with her. She planned her trip with less notice than yours, but you might be able to check with your representative to see if you can get a tour of the white house too. 

Founding Farmers is great, and it is a nice place to catch a bite or a drink before going to the Kennedy Center. If you’re flying into BWI you can also check if the MARC penn line has a train after your flight arrives and you can take the train to union station instead of renting a car. The Zoo is really great, and is a short walk from the Woodley park stop. I also recommend getting a reservation at POV (at the W hotel) for the view, and maybe checking out barcode or 18th st lounge after (depending on where your’e spending the night). 

Have a great trip!

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